The patient had come in to have a cyst removed from the top of his head and he’d been lying on a hospital bed for three hours. Three hours is plenty of time for a patient to start imagining the worst.

The senior surgeon had left the theatre and gone for his morning coffee. He’d just finished one long case and had another one due to start as soon as I’d finished. Apart from the nurse designated to help me, the theatre staff were busy clearing up the debris from the last operation and preparing trolleys for the next one. Instead of being a silent, tidy place the operating theatre…


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Source: Dr Vernon Coleman - MB ChB DSc Read the original article here: